by Doris Donnerman
(last updated August 17, 2009)
The smallest of the Poodle varieties, known as the Toy Poodle, is generally conceded to be descended directly from the Standard and Miniature Poodles. "Breeding down," or diminishing in size, undoubtedly required much selective breeding, but the little fellow apparently possesses all the tendencies and high intelligence of his larger brothers.
At one time a Toy breed called the "White Cuban" was quite popular in England. These dogs were a bit larger than the Maltese and their long cords trailed to the ground. They were called sleeve dogs and were favorites of society. The breed is said to have originated in Cuba, and some authorities believed it was the result of crosses between the German or French white corded Poodles and the Maltese. It was first seen in England in about 1700 and shortly afterward the Toy Poodle made its appearance. The White Cuban is said to have been brought to England from Spain. The present-day type of Toy Poodle, however, is not believed to be related to the White Cuban.
In fact, Toy Poodles were known to exist in Germany many years before the White Cuban appeared in England. They are pictured in the line drawings of the German artist, Durer. That they were popular in Spain is proved by the paintings of Goya in the latter part of the eighteenth century. How long they had been in Spain before Goya pictured them is not known. The Toy Poodle was also a favorite of members of the court of Louis XVI of France.
The Toy Poodle is a dignified dog, carrying himself proudly. He is intelligent and active excelling in obedience.
The Poodle is divided into three different varieties: The Standard which is fifteen inches or over, Miniature is under fifteen inches but over ten inches at the shoulder, and the Toy which is at ten inches or under at the shoulder.
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